Opinion: Sports world came together in united front as we held our breath for Derek Chauvin verdict

What we're used to, what's happened so many times in the past, across days, years and centuries, is the cop who killed an unarmed Black man walked free.

The examples are numerous; a tortuous, horrific Groundhog Day of state-sanctioned violence against Black bodies, followed by juries letting the perpetrators walk. Names like King and Till and Trayvon. 

"Your ancestors will turn over in their grave, and I'm sure every last Anglo-Saxon one of you has the courage to free these men," said the lawyer for the defendants who killed Till, a direct appeal to the jury's white nationalism.

But the verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin was different. For once, there was justice, and it came in part thanks to a sports universe that united to fight for it.

Chauvin was found guilty on all murder and manslaughter charges, and most of America, and the sports world, breathed a sigh of relief.

The right thing happened after he was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Finally. It's so rare that the right thing happens it's something you'll remember seeing for probably the rest of your life.

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